KRA in MI Team Newsletter
Please help our team plan for the 2021-2022 administration by participating in this ThoughtExchange, a new collaborative tool we are using. You'll be asked to respond to one open-ended question. Then, consider and assign stars to some of the ideas shared by others. Your thoughts and stars are confidential. You can come back as often as you'd like to participate. The ratings will help us understand the most important areas to focus on.
Training Materials Update
Refresher Training for Trainers
We appreciate the nearly 300 trainers that joined us on June 2nd for the Refresher Training for Trainers. Your time and efforts in ensuring your teachers are ready to administer do not go unnoticed. Here are a few resources you may find helpful as you get started with your training plans.
- Refresher Training for Trainers Recording (Password: Passcode: KRATrainer2021!)
- Refresher Training for Trainers Presentation PDF
- Resources Shared
- Refresher Training for Trainers FAQ is coming soon!
If you are a KRA trainer that was trained prior to this year, you need to watch the recording of the June 2 Refresher Training for Trainers or complete the refresher module on the Trainer PD site. All trainers need to complete the refresher content assessment prior to any teacher trainings with an 80% or higher. The Refresher Training for Trainers recording includes extra information to make it easier for you to plan your training as well as a walkthrough of the KReady site while the KReady online refresher modules only includes basic content.
Data Manager Training Part A Resources
Thank you to all who attended the Data Manager Training Part A. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules to learn more about the KReady system and how to load teacher data. Here are a few resources you may find helpful as you get started. Remember, only teacher data can be entered into the system at this time. All student and enrollment data must not be entered until after the next year's administration window opens on July 26th, 2021.
Data Manager Training Part A Recording (Password: DM-5/13/21)
Data Manager User Manual has steps for all of the processes you will complete in the KReady system. (You can access this manual by logging into KReady > Administration > Support.)
Data Guidelines Site is where you can find the Data Guidelines, Technical Specifications, webinar recording, and other materials to support your role.
Data Guidelines is an important document that tells you which fields are necessary for administration and reporting. (Please note that this document can change so do not download or print!)
Online Help Desk Form or you can call 888-602-8343
Our team has created this newsletter to be one source of information on the KRA but it is only a snapshot of where we are at in our planning and progress upon sending. For the most up-to-date information, please be sure to visit our new website!
All information from mkeo.kready.org is now housed here, as well.
The 2021-2022 KRA Prior Care Form has been updated to include a pandemic section to gather data on how the pandemic changed prior care decisions made by families. This information is needed for kindergarten registration. Families should select one option as it will be input into the KReady system as a dropdown option.
Did you forget what your KRA Kit looks like? Here are a few pictures to help you find your kit.
"A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential." - Brené Brown
No matter your role, you are a leader whether it is in the classroom, school building, district, ISD, or state. It is important to know how you as a leader can grow and become the very best you can be. Brené Brown has created a Dare to Lead Hub. Here you will find a plethora of resources. One of which is the Daring Leadership Assessment that reviews strengths and opportunities for growth in the four courage-building skill sets: Rumbling with Vulnerability, Living Into Your Values, Braving Trust, and Learning to Rise.
Old Fashioned Summer Bucket List
Summer Conversation Starters
Conversation starters are a fun way to engage in fun, thoughtful, or reflective conversations with children. These conversation starters can also help children develop social-emotional skills and characteristics such as gratitude, imagination, empathy, and confidence. Share the Summer Conversation Starters Calendar with families to use over summer break. Families can use these conversation starters in the car, at the dinner table, or while completing any routine with their child. These are a sure-fire way to laugh and learn about children!
Engaging Math Resources
PBS for Parents
Check out the PBS for Parents article, Simple Tips for Summer Math Learning. These ideas can not only promote math learning but also social-emotional and physical well-being as children spend time outside, connecting with family, and helping with daily routines.
Ways Families Can Help with Math
For the Teachers provides a great infographic for Ways a Parent Can Help with Math. Continuing math learning over the summer doesn't have to be complicated or worksheets. Encourage families to support math learning through everyday life experiences.
Prodigy is a great online math resource for students in grades 1-8. It blends computer games with math learning. Parents or educators can create free accounts for children. They will love to play and gain the added bonus of learning math!
PBS for Parents
Ways Families Can Help with Math
Critical Thinking Questions
Professional Learning Opportunities
Please save the date for these statewide KRA implementation training opportunities. As enhancements to the training are still being determined, dates and times are subject to change. To register, you will likely need to create a new account as we are using a new registration platform this year.
Note: All registrations require an account with the WISD Online Registration system.
New Training of Trainers (ToT) Training
This training will certify trainers to train teachers to administer the KRA with fidelity, use the KReady system to collect data, and access the online resources.
All training will be held virtually. The dates below are for all new trainers across the state. Trainers need only participate in one of the bulleted options. After new trainers register for one of the options below, they will receive an email with asynchronous modules that must be completed prior to the selected training date. Please keep in mind, registration will close two weeks prior to the start of the training. Up to 9 SCECH will be available, four are synchronous with the KRA in MI Team and five hours are asynchronous.
- Tuesday, July 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (FULL)
Tuesday, August 10 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (registration closes July 27th)
Wednesday, August 11 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (registration closes July 28th)
Data Manager Training Part B: Student Data
This virtual training will prepare new and existing data managers to load teacher, student, and enrollment data to support the fall administration of the KRA.
Teacher Refresher Training
This virtual training will provide teachers who have already participated in initial training in previous administration years with a synchronous review of the KRA, how to administer the KRA throughout the day, and utilize the data for instruction. Teachers must also complete the Teacher Recertification Module and Content Assessment asynchronously through the KReady system.
- Thursday, August 12, 2021, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am
- Thursday, August 12, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
- Wednesday, August 18, 2021, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am
- Wednesday, August 18, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
- Thursday, August 19, 2021, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am
- Tuesday, August 24, 2021, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am